HMNZS Moa (T 233)
MS Trawler of the Kiwi class
|Navy||The Royal New Zealand Navy|
|Built by||Henry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : G. Plenty Ltd. (Newbury, U.K.)|
|Ordered||26 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||19 Mar 1940|
|Launched||15 May 1941|
|Commissioned||19 Aug 1941|
|Lost||7 Apr 1943|
|History||Bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on 7 April 1943.|
Commands listed for HMNZS Moa (T 233)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Philip George Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR||12 Aug 1941||1943|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Peter Phipps, DSC, RNZNVR||1943||7 Apr 1943|
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Noteable events involving Moa include:
21 Jan 1943
HMNZS Moa (Lt. Cmdr. Peter Phipps, RNZN) and her sister ship HMNZS Tui discovered four Japanese landing barges near Guadalcanal. The lead barge opened fire. An accident with one of her guns injured 7 of Moa's crewmen. She then silenced the first barge and sank another. Two barges escaped.
29 Jan 1943
HMNZS Moa (Lt. Cmdr. Peter Phipps, RNZN), along with her sister ship HMNZS Kiwi (Lt. Cmdr. Gordon Bridson, RNZN), engaged and sunk the Japanese submarine I-1 at Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal.